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Internship Opportunities at Highstead

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Erik Yando and Stephen Murphy

College Graduate and Graduate Student Opportunities

Highstead’s Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity for college graduates and graduate students to work with Highstead staff on innovative projects in ecology, conservation, and communications. Highstead has a paid 11-week ecology program in the summer and a paid 12-week conservation program in the fall. Highstead on occasion also offers a paid communications internship, and volunteer internships may be available at other times of the year. Please check the homepage for current job postings and specific requirements.

Working at Highstead

Located approximately halfway between Hartford, CT and New York City, Highstead is a 100+ acre preserve of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows secluded in the quiet town of Redding, CT. Highstead's staff is small, so interns become important members of the Highstead community during their stay. Facilities include office space, reception/presentation room with art gallery, library and reading room, laboratory and greenhouse facilities, herbarium, and maintenance garage.

Living in Redding

Despite Highstead’s proximity to large urban areas, prospective interns should understand that Redding is a rural and somewhat isolated location. A personal vehicle is highly recommended, if not essential. The nearest town with a grocery store and other amenities is Bethel, CT, about a 10-15 minute drive away.  A commuter rail line to NYC is located in West Redding.

Nearby Attractions

Redding has a large number of nature preserves, state parks, and hiking trails and is situated in the most undeveloped part of Fairfield County. The Nature Conservancy's 1,800-acre Devil's Den Preserve is located several miles south as is the Saugatuck Reservoir, offering striking watershed views and miles of hiking trails. The Connecticut coastline is about a 30-minute drive south, the rural highlands of northwestern CT are about a 45-minute drive north, and scenic destinations on the Hudson River are at least a one hour drive to the west.


  • Stipend of $6,500 for the 11-12 week session
  • Free furnished housing

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